Skip to comments.Charges against Blacksburg mother dismissed
Posted on 12/07/2009 10:15:22 AM PST by sevinufnine
Mary Parks was charged in the death of her son back in September of 2007. Parks' nearly two-year-old son died of heat stroke after being left in his mother's car.
Authorities say Parks went to pick her child up from daycare, but its staff told her the child was not there. That's when she found the toddler unresponsive in the back seat of the car.
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This local story sickens me. Um...you’d think the DEAD CHILD would be evidence enough????
If she cared about the child what would these charges mean on top of the death of her child?
Because if she CARED in the least that child would have been 1st thing on her mind and not forgotten to die along in the heat trapped in it’s carseat. I have 2 grown kids and I never managed to “forget” where I left them. Not once.
Does this mean all people who leave kids in cars to die shouldn’t be charged????
Sending her to prison isn’t going to help anything. Trust me, she’s paying for it.
Actually, you bring a good point to mind. If you think a mother’s “sorry” is enough punishment, think of the can of worms you are opening~! Wouldn’t that have been perfect for Casey Anthony? She should have simply left Caylee in the car all day or night and come out acting sooooo upset. Charges dropped (if you had your way)....and off she’d have gone after her “Beautiful Life”. Right??? sound OK to you?
not as much as the child did.
Being sorry for it has nothing to do with it. Sending her to prison won’t accomplish anything and it won’t keep society safe from her.
No need to get insulting.
Say, I really, REALLY feel bad about all those dead hookers in shallow graves out back.
But, I’m really, REALLY paying for it.
So, I’m good to go. Right?
You completely FAIL to miss one or more of the aspects of incarceration:
Punishment: She gets to go to jail for her crime AGAINST SOCIETY. That she feels bad about it doesn’t matter.
Deterrance: Sending people to jail deters OTHERS from committing the same crime (or, to some, making the same “mistake”).
Word around the street is she got off easy due to ties she has with local gov’t. It’s well discussed around the VA Tech area (same town). Call it insulting if you wish, but one is only insulted if they can see they are wrong and don’t like it.
But isn’t that a form of neglect? She shouldn’t get off without paying any consequences.
Thanks Appy Pappy..someone with a mind :>)
Ok, all my "children" have 4 legs but, how do you "forget" that your child is in the backseat???
Correct..and my irritation is the fact charges were dropped, not that she should have been jailed as another poster erroneous assumed.
Originally, she was on house arrest since she had several other children. THAT I WAS OK WITH. But to drop the charges? NO, I’m not OK with that. House arrest or at least should have been the sentence.
Not enough evidence to proceed?!?! The evidence is that she left her child in a car. That's all the evidence you need!
This is nothing but legal murder. Murder that gets swept under the rug. Murder that we'll look the other way for. Murder that is socially approved. Anybody defending this makes me sick.
Yes sir, me too. I gotta go back to work..lunch over, but I simply had to post this because it’s a slap in the face of justice AND her poor dead child.
The only thing I’ve ever left behind in my car would be an empty driver’s seat (and car seat when it applied :>)
How much are you willing to pay to punish her? That’s the funny thing about these situations. There had never been a repeat offender. We don’t put people in prison for revenge. We put people in prison to prevent crime. I’m not worried about a repeat offense.
It’s no different from a child that wanders out of the house and drowns in a pool while the mother is taking a nap? Are you going to punish her for taking a nap?
Mary and other moms who have experienced this have formed a network to raise awareness of the issue. Would you care to relive this every day so that you can help prevent it? Not me.
Everyone says the worst thing that can happen is the death of your child. Not true. The worst thing that can happen is for you to be responsible for the death of your child.
“Sending her to prison isnt going to help anything. Trust me, shes paying for it.”
Some how I don’t believe this, I have seen first hand how quit a few mothers have no natural affection for their own offspring.
Murder is premeditated or done out of anger. I think the court does need to hear the case and let a judge decide if she has paid for it.
One question is... was she chatting on the phone during the time she thought she dropped her child off at day care?
Bring in the people she knows, is this like her to do things like this? Is she irresponsible?
Was she on medication that would impair her memory?
Was she going through depression, history of anger, abuse etc.?